Gender Indicators as Global Governance: Not Your Father's World Bank
Gender Indicators as Global Governance: Not Your Father’s World Bank, 17 Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law 777 (2016), updating and reprinting chapter in Big Data, Big Challenges in Evidence-Based Policy Making, Kumar Jayasuriya ed., 2015 (West Academic Press, Publisher)
33 Pages Posted: 27 Apr 2014 Last revised: 19 Dec 2017
Date Written: April 25, 2014
As feminism has come of age, it has powerfully instantiated itself into global governance. What are the tools feminism has borrowed – even co-opted – to embed itself within governance? Do these tools enhance or diminish the liberatory potential of feminism? This paper looks at one tool – the use of quantitative indicators to advance gender equality in global governance. The essay focuses on the World Bank’s relatively new Women, Business and the Law program, as a microcosm of the recent explosion and popularity of gender indicators.
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